ELISION is Australia’s leading new music ensemble.  The group has established a reputation for delivering authoritative and virtuosic interpretations of complex, unusual, and challenging aesthetics, often developed in close collaboration with the composer. The practice of the ensemble ranges from concert giving to cross-disciplinary projects with a range of new media and visual artists. Installation-performance works and the use of improvisational experiences as a creative tool to inform more structured and formally notated music have been a key element of the group’s activities.

International concert and recording engagements received to-date include performances for Maerzmusik, the Hebbel Theater of Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and Radio Bremen, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, the Züricher TheaterSpektakel, Saitama Arts Theatre of Japan, IRCAM as part of the Agora festival, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Chekov International Theatre Festival of Moscow, the Festival d’automne of Paris, the TRANSIT Festival of Leuven and the Ultima Festival of Oslo. This activity complements major appearances at the Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals and the release of several recordings with KAIROS, NEOS, NMC and MODE reviewed to acclaim by the international press.

Since 2009 ELISION has enjoyed ongoing concert activity in London and regular appearances for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.  Richard Barrett’s CONSTRUCTION, a 2-hour cycle commissioned by the European Capital of Culture programme was premiered by ELISION at the Huddersfield Contemporary music Festival in 2011 and broadcast live by BBC Radio3.  Recently the group has worked with composers Bryn Harrison, Mary Bellamy, Sam Hayden, Einar Einarsson and Paul Craenen, and maintained a close research relationship with SIAL studios at RMIT, Melbourne. ELISION has also developed a strong relationship with newly emergent strands of American composition as evident in the close association with composers Aaron Cassidy, Evan Johnson and Timothy McCormack.

Major projects have included Liza Lim’s opera The Navigator, the performance-installation works DARK MATTER and Opening of the Mouth with Richard Barrett and TULP - the body public with composer John Rodgers and new media artist Justine Cooper.

ELISION has recorded over twenty-two compact discs (inxcluding 5 for NMC), undertaken close to thirty international tours to over fourteen different countries and initiated international commissions supported by organisations in England, Canada, Holland, France and Japan. Conductors worked with include Jean Deroyer, Franck Ollu, Christian Eggen, Manuel Nawri, Simon Hewett, Denis Cohen, Carl Rosman, and Eugene Ughetti.  Of singular importance to ELISION was the relationship with conductor Sandro Gorli.

ELISION now consists of twenty leading musicians from four Australian capital cities, Singapore, Manchester, Paris, Cologne, and Bonn.

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Chris Dench's wide-ranging extra-musical influences - from Angela Carter and Ludwig Wittgenstein to Thomas Dolby - are displayed on this disc of works written for the acclaimed Australian new music ensemble ELISION: the glittering mosaic of driftglass contrasts with funk, a punchy duet for bass clarinet and percussion; while the two most substantial pieces on the disc - the blinding access of the grace of flesh and ik(s)land[s] itself - both set the calligrammatic poetry of berni m janssen.


"Chris Dench and his compatriots have evidently been enjoying a richly productive relationship, documented here in three pieces — driftglass (1990), ik(s)land(s) (1997-8) and the blinding access of the grace of flesh (2002-3) ... [The last of these] is a wonderful example of Denchian swirl and wildness in an atmosphere of floating."
Paul Griffiths

"...A series of intricate highly complex scores that seemed to be carrying on the tradition that composers such as Ferneyhough had established out of the wreckage of total serialism."
The Guardian 2005



Recording date: 17 March 1991
Recording venue: Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Engineers: Michael Hewes, Garry Havrillay
Producer: Trevor Welby

ruins within
Recording date: 4 May 1998
Recording venue: Radio Bremen Studios, Bremen, Germany
Engineer: Hein Laabs 
Producer: Marita Emigholz

funk, ik(s)land[s], blinding access, 'e/meth
Recording date: December 1995, 25-26 April 2004, 
Recording venue: Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne, Australia
Engineer: Jim Atkins 
Producers: Daryl Buckley, Richard Barrett

Cover image: Francois Hall

ruins within (P) 1998 Radio Bremen
All other tracks (P) 2005 NMC Recordings Ltd

Australian Music Centre
United Music Publishers
Catalogue number:
NMC D089
Release Date:
6 January 2005